The Grand’s Playhouse completes a $ 1 million renovation


The Playhouse on Rodney Square recently completed a million dollar renovations during its COVID shutdown. | PHOTO WITH THE AUTHORIZATION OF THE GRAND

WILMINGTON – Thanks to the generosity of long-time donors Tatiana and Gerret Copeland, The Playhouse on Rodney Square underwent a complete million dollar renovation during the extended shutdown of indoor shows.

The 108-year-old Broadway-style tour house is known to have been built by 100 men in 150 working days. The Playhouse also has the distinction of being the nation’s oldest (pre-COVID) Broadway touring house. Famous names such as Julie Andrews, Bette Davis, Fred Astaire, Carol Channing, Christopher Plummer, Abby Wambach and Sutton Foster all graced her stage.

“We are honored to have managed the restoration of such a historic cultural property in Wilmington”, Great Executive director Mark Fields said in a statement. “As the Grand’s twin theater, these precious community gathering spaces are important to the artistic soul of the city. The extended shutdown caused by the pandemic provided us with a unique and unique opportunity to completely renovate and redesign parts of the theater. “

The changes include new seats for a larger audience, new paint, rugs, lighting and drapes, as well as a new loading dock door, which will allow the Grand to attract larger touring shows to Broadway.

Along with these upgrades, building owner Buccini / Pollin Group also worked hard to reinvent the Dupont building with more amenities to enhance building tours. Ongoing upgrades will include a new set of hallway lighting and signage that will guide visitors to the building to its many attractions, including The Playhouse. The recently completed phasing includes a new bar and lounge adjacent to The Playhouse entrance, which will now be used for theater concessions, as well as the Currie Salon, Le Cavalier at The Green Room and the De.Co. In total, nearly 50,000 square feet and $ 15 million in renovations were completed during COVID at the DuPont Building, BPG reported.

“For more than a century, The Playhouse in Rodney Square has entertained Delaware with a parade of Hollywood stars, famous Broadway musicals and famous speakers. But in recent years, the physical appearance of the theater did not complement the magic that was happening on its stage, ”donor Tatiana Copeland said in a statement. “Gerret and I are happy to have given the gift to Le Grand to freshen up and brighten up the Playhouse during this extended shutdown period. This gift benefits not only the Grand, but also the public who attend. We invite the community to come and join us at the beautiful, recently restored Playhouse when it reopens in fall 2021. ”

“The renovation by the Grand of the historic Playhouse in Rodney Square coincides with the ongoing renovation of the Dupont building by BPG,” commented Chris Buccini, co-chairman of the Buccini / Pollin group. “It’s another visual representation of our partnership with The Grand and the two organizations’ commitment to Wilmington’s continued rebirth. The Playhouse reopening schedules perfectly with the renovations of the ground floor of the lobby of the Hotel Du Pont, Le Cavalier in the Green Room, the hall of the offices of the head office of Chemours and of the M&T bank branch, as well as the opening of the Currie Salon and Spa, the apartments at 101 place dupont, and the DECO food hall. In total, nearly 50,000 square feet and $ 15 million in renovations were completed during COVID alone to once again welcome the community to the heart of downtown Wilmington. “

The Rodney Square Playhouse will host four Broadway musicals during its 2021-2022 season. The season opens in November with Sara Bareilles’ “Waitress”, followed by the jukebox musical “Summer” (featuring music by disco favorite Donna Summer) in December, followed by the “Riverdance” 25th anniversary tour. in April, and will end with “” A Violin on the Roof “in June. Shows can continue to be added throughout the year. Subscriptions can be purchased by calling 302-652-5577. Subscribers benefit from dedicated seats, 20% off the price of a single ticket, free parking, discounted meals and exchange privileges.

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